The lack of a large patina might cause some people concern, but this shipwreck was most likely only partially submerged. The bell is authentic without a doubt.
- Fact 1: The Dutch East India Company was established by the Netherlands in 1602 to carry out colonial trading and commerce in Asia.
- Fact 2: In Dutch the spelling is "Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie," and thus the abbreviation and symbol for the company is VOC.
- Fact 3: In the 17th and 18th centuries the VOC owned 4,785 ships and employed nearly a million Europeans. The rest of Europe combined only sent 882,412 people to Asia and Africa from 1500 to 1795.
- Fact 4: The VOC made massive profits for the Netherlands, primarily through their monopolization of spices like pepper, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Fact 5: In 1662, the VOC ship Arnhem was shipwrecked off Mauritius, the home of the dodo bird. The survivors are thought to have been some of the last humans to ever see the bird alive.